THE CHAPS (Caring Helping and Providing Support) group held its first agm in the Strathlclyde Hilton, Bellshill, attended by 51 carers and professionals.
The group receives community learning and development support from Peter McNally of Motherwell Locality and one of its main tasks is to support male carers by identifying and addressing their needs and helping raise awareness of the caring role.
Similar to many carers, they often do not recognise or regard themselves as carers for their partners or children and experience isolation and exclusion from wider community life.
CHAPS actively campaigns for the rights of carers and highlight what support is available from both voluntary and statutory organisations.
Its members have taken part in a range of community learning opportunities, including digital photography sessions, healthy cooking classes and the REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene course. The agm included input from Andy Howard from the Young Carers Project who discussed his role as a young male carer.